SUBMIT to One Another

It’s _____ ONE ANOTHER WEEK here on GUWG where all week long we’re looking at how the Bible says we should fill in that blank.

Today’s word? SUBMIT. Here’s what the Bible says:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

Want a better marriage? Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Want better friendships? Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. It’s that simple.

Jesus’ Last Words

This week, we’re walking in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross and beyond.

In the last 24 hours, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, mocked, beaten, condemned and hung on a cross to die. According to eyewitness accounts, these were his final words:

Forgiveness. Jesus’ first words on the cross were “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Even in agony Jesus embodied God’s amazing love, echoing his earlier words from the Sermon on the Mount: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

Salvation. Jesus was crucified between two thieves. One hurled insults at him. The other repented and begged, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

Compassion. Seeing his mother, Mary, and the disciple John grieving near the cross, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to John, “Here is your mother.” (John 19:26-27) John followed Jesus’ instructions and took Mary into his home.

Forsaken. Witnesses reported that, beginning at noon, “darkness came over the land” for three hours. Then, at about 3:00 p.m., Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46) Jesus endured the darkness of separation from the Father to pay the penalty for our sins.

Thirst. Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28) Jesus thirsted on the cross for us so that we would never have to thirst again (Revelation 7:16). As he said earlier: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37).

Finished. Jesus declared: “It is finished.” (John 19:30), conquering sin forever (Hebrews 10:5-13).

Surrender. Finally, Jesus cried out, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit” and then breathed his last (Luke 23:46). Jesus submitted to his Father’s will up to his very last breath. And he did it for us.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s LOVE WEEK here on Get Up With God.

Today’s topic: God’s Advice For Couples.

Someone shared the following verses with my wife and I at a point in our marriage when we were about six milliseconds away from getting divorced.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything . . .

Yes! I remember thinking,if only she would do everything I say, our lives would be a whole lot better. But, unfortunately, there was more.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy . . .

Wait a minute, I thought, didn’t Jesus die for the church? Isn’t that a little extreme? I kept reading.

[H]usbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Then I read the kicker: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21-25, 28)

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, that simple concept of submission changed everything. Before we applied these verses and let God run our marriage, we were constantly battling to get our own way.  It was like two rulers on separate thrones trying to run a kingdom that was rapidly falling apart all around them.

But once we put God on the throne and started putting each other first, something beautiful happened. Conversations that used to end with anger and tears suddenly began to end with hugs and prayer. We got peace. We got joy. We got love.

Want great relationships?  It’s simple . . .